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The Accountant

8/10
Crime . Thriller . Drama . Action
 

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

 
Actors: Ben Affleck , Anna Kendrick , J.K. Simmons , Jon Bernthal , Jeffrey Tambor , John Lithgow , Jean Smart , Cynthia Addai-Robinson , Andy Umberger , Alison Wright
Directors: Gavin O'Connor
Country: USA
Release: 2016-10-14
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  • Calvin Wilson

    Fresh and delightfully offbeat, The Accountant proves that a thriller can be complex and nuanced while fulfilling its mission to entertain.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    The premise of accountant as action hero might seem absurd, but The Accountant makes it credible and fascinating.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Madness abounds in The Accountant, an intense, intricate, darkly amusing and action-infused thriller that doesn’t always add up but who cares, it’s BIG FUN.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The Accountant is a nifty piece of genre entertainment, its wacky edge and genial tone despite that body count coming as something of a pleasant surprise in a year rife with lumbering, over-amped blockbusters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The thing that makes The Accountant unique, however, and elevates it above the garden variety action-thriller, is that the title character’s “superpowers” result from his autism.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    The victory of The Accountant is in the tone. The title character isn’t presented as a superfreak – this isn’t "Rain Man," in which autistic gifts are presented as powers for parlour tricks – but as a prototype and a beautiful mutant, maybe even a superhero.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    On the whole, it's a mess of action clichés built on top of a shaky premise that's so out-of-this-world that it'll either enrage you - or make you laugh. I chose the latter. I'm not ashamed to admit that I had a lot of fun at this movie.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    One of the opening scenes of The Accountant consists of puzzle pieces being dumped on a table, and that’s a fine metaphor for the film.... A few pieces can’t be made to fit, and two of those are big ones. (More on that in a minute.) But the rest of the story has been well-constructed, and the picture it gradually reveals keeps you guessing up to the final scene.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    Ben Affleck brings needed nuance to old-fashioned brains and brawn as an action hero with high-functioning autism in The Accountant.

    USA Today Full Review
  • John Anderson

    An effective and even affecting pop thriller.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The Accountant is nothing if not a puzzle — not so much a jigsaw as a three-dimensional brain teaser that gets deeper and stranger with each new revelation.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Audiences willing to just go with the movie’s outlandish lead character will find laughs and thrills along the way, as well as that rarest of studio properties: a tentpole that actually leaves you enthusiastic about the prospect of a sequel.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Dan Mecca

    For every moment that feels overly self-serious, there are two that promise this thing’s some kind of pop-schlock classic.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    True to the profession it sets out to glamorize, The Accountant takes advantage of its share of creative loopholes — and manages to break even in the process.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The Accountant keeps you hanging on all the way to the looney-toon ending, well past the point where your higher brain functions have called it a night. It’s not a good movie but it’s not a bad way to kill a few hours.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The action-thriller The Accountant is laughable, but when you’re not laughing at it, you’re laughing with it. It’s enjoyable enough.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Allen Salkin

    The problem is that endings matter. I was thrilled at watching more than an hour of Ben Affleck playing Christian Wolff as a socially awkward, arithmetically gifted, martial arts expert sharpshooter. But then the plot devolved into nonsense for the final stretch, leaving me wanting to garnish the filmmakers' wages.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    The world-building is engrossing. The premise is refreshingly peculiar. The action grabs your attention. As long as the movie keeps a lid on what precisely is going on, it works.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    All the more frustrating because of its conceptual freshness and Ben Affleck's sly turn in the title role, this sleek action thriller ends up delivering standard shoot-'em-up goods after initially suggesting it might provide something rather different.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    The whole thing’s ludicrous, down to the last loony twist, but it’s also a lot more fun than Batman v Superman.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Donato

    The Accountant is so many baffling things, most (but not all) of which can not be described in a positive manner.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Thrillers can be a valid Hollywood escape, but this one made me as uncomfortable as its hero is with small talk.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Accountant would be more entertaining if it just acknowledged its own nerdy outlandishness. Still, it’s something to watch Affleck play a man who has trouble expressing his feelings and struggles to read those of others.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I admit I would've had a hard time getting through it without the help of Simmons and Addai-Robinson, over there in the B plot. The character at the center of the story is treated with respect and admiration, but in dramatic terms he's about as real-world plausible as Batman.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    It goes very far south, with two plot reveals that are among the most ludicrous that I’ve experienced in quite some time.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Much of it is enjoyable and has the aura of a superior action film, but it collapses into a laughable wreck and ultimately reveals itself as a mild waste of two hours.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The script, by Bill Dubuque, goes sideways in a hurry. Characters do inexplicable things for no reason other than advancing the plot, and sometimes not even that. There is a jaw-dropping coincidence that is as ridiculous as it is obvious.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    At various times, The Accountant aspires to a slick corporate-espionage thriller, a no-nonsense action flick, a tortured family drama, a quirky romantic comedy, and an earnest PSA about autism. At nearly all times, it’s preposterous.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Conceptually, The Accountant kills it, but in terms of execution, The Accountant doesn’t add up.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    For all its respectable airs, The Accountant mostly induces shrugs. Sometimes, B-movies fare better when they settle for being their lowbrow selves.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Director Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) is at a loss in trying to shape this into a lean, chilly action picture. The fights and shootouts work, some of the accounting stuff is funny, but the rest is a muddle.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The latest from director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is part character study and part airport-novel nonsense, and the film’s utter chutzpah gives the proceedings an agreeable kick. But The Accountant can’t balance its B-movie instincts with its more artistic aspirations, ultimately hamstringing a potentially juicy, escapist shoot-‘em-up.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Seemingly primed to deliver daffy thrills, The Accountant instead goes about its noble-killer business with all the excitement of an IRS audit.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jake Cole

    The film juggles a “follow the money” procedural with corporate espionage thriller, producing two competing tones that never reconcile into one fluid narrative.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Bill Dubuque have made a textbook example of the "what were they thinking?" movie genre. Judging from the befogged look on some of the actors’ faces, they must have been wondering the same thing.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    While “Jason Bourne meets Temple Grandin” might sound like an interesting idea for a studio write-off, “James Bond meets Michael Clayton meets Rain Man meets all of their friends and enemies” is a dull movie that’s too full of distractions to pay out any dividends.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Keith Stuart

    Character motivations are glossed over, explanatory scenes are jammed in haphazardly, and the finale relies on a tonally bizarre combination of schmaltz, coincidence and violence that seems to betray the arc of the whole movie.

    Empire Full Review
  • Noah Berlatsky

    The Accountant uses a cliched and misleading presentation of disability to produce a cliched Hollywood action lead in a cliched action plot, and then babbles cliches about the importance of embracing difference. Despite its protestations to the contrary, the only thing that sets The Accountant apart from its peers is its irritating, clueless hypocrisy, and its lousy title.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    The Accountant tallies up its numbers for an achingly long 50 minutes before it starts to finally piece together any semblance of a structured plot.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Here's two hours of grimly serious puzzle-box dramatics and beat-downs starring Ben Affleck as an Affleck-shaped void.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie, directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Tumbleweeds”), makes little sense. The screenplay, by Bill Dubuque, is so determined to hide its cards that when the big reveal finally arrives, it feels as underwhelming as it is preposterous.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Preposterous can be defined in many, many ways. But for now, let's use the plot details of The Accountant as Exhibit A.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Ben Affleck is Agent Double-OCD in The Accountant, an effortlessly dumb thriller barely more entertaining than an audit.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The Dark Knight director has had a mortifying effect on movies. In this case, it’s almost as if Affleck’s somber plunge into the calamitous, Nolan-produced "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has followed him into other projects, like a heavy cologne. Avoid this one like the stink it is.

    Time Out New York Full Review
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